Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lovin' would be easy if your colors were like my dreams... red gold and green..

red gold and green.

UG. So just when I think that I might be one of the "chosen people" and that I found my manna on the ground (in the form of a trip to Italy) I get smacked in the face with finances. We have had a lot of unexpected finances that are going to be big in the next few months. Lame. I mean, I could stop getting my hair cut and colored, but that doesn't help anyone.

I'm stressed. Money is my biggest fear--other than gaining a lot of weight and then losing a lot of weight and then my skin not bouncing back, well that and suffocating. I wonder if I'll ever be a better saver? Granted, it isn't ALL my fault. I will blame W for some of it and my not having a real job for some of it and stupidity for some of it, and life for the rest. Sometimes life happens and I'll be ok. We'll be fine. Someday I'll make it to Italy, but for right now...

everyday is a survival. you're my lover and not my rival.

The devil made me do it.

Ok, maybe not the devil... but whomever decided it was a good idea to reheat some fish at lunch today definitely sent me out and about into the world of purchases. I immediately drove to half price books (a lovely used book store which I have a gift card too that now has $0.18 remaining on it) to purchase Bitter is the new Black: Confessions of a condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered smart ass-or, why you should never carry a Prada Bag to the unemployment office. Vickie suggested it--I trust her book opinions as she also fell headfirst into the Twilight series. She may have magical powers because she was also able to get her husband hooked on reading them. My magical powers are not as strong as I can only get Ben to watch What Not To Wear and occasionally Brothers and Sisters. He did not seem quite as interested when I mentioned that Alamo Draft House is having a special on Tiffany and her stalkers--a documentary. I will work on this though.... and if it fails. I will track it down and rent it. I mean, who wouldn't want Tiffany on blue ray? Is that even spelled right? Who knows.

We have had a minor set back in our Italy trip. It is now going to be postponed from April to May. I'm ok with this. I just want to go and I want it to be soon. I'm getting antsy. I also think that after some Divine Intervention and casual laziness at work today I found a "frugal traveler" blog that specifically mentioned Bologna. I mean, I feel like it's my own tablet under a rock. I'm sure it will disappear into thin air when I try to convince others of it's validity.

This week is crazy. Life is somewhat on hold as we await my nephew Elliot to make his way into the world. It's also Ben's bday this weekend so we have tentatively scheduled a gathering, I have a friend in San Antonio that I'd like to go see and tomorrow is the only time I think I can go and I'll have to miss the hubs bday happy hour. Somehow I also need to find time to go grocery shopping, cook, clean, and do laundry--all while looking fabulous and losing weight. Ok, the last part isn't true. OH, and another friend in town from Calif. who I'd somehow like to work into the mix. (they each have blogs and I am calling them out on being slackers when it comes to posting. You know who you are (looking at you judging and squinty eyed.)

Anywho... this is my week. It started with a PR 1/2 marathon and will possibly end with an Elliot.

SPOILER ALERT--also just found out that, she who shall not yet be named, is having a BAMBINO. I'm ridiculously excited about this new development in my life. Mums the word. (damn, I'm clever.)

Ps. Just did a little spell check on this shiz... and Prada is not in the dictionary, but "prado" is. Someone's been to NYC.

Monday, January 26, 2009


SO I went to the dentist today for a pre pre check up. So I went in and they did xrays and prodding around and then apparently I have a lot of teeny tiny cavities. Then the dentist talked to me like I was about 8 and had never been to a dentist before. Therefore, I will be checking around in my network for someone who is a. not so expensive and b. doesn't treat me like an idiot.

Perhaps I am enjoying a glass of wine at 4 pm and watching grey's anatomy from last week.

I'm kind of a big deal.

So, yesterday Ben and I ran the 3M Half Marathon. I'm not going to lie... it was chilly. I knew it would be cold, but I easily get warm when running so there was great stress over what I would wear. Shorts and long sleeves? Pants and short sleeves? Oh, the options are limitless. Well, not really. I opted for with a long sleeved half zip nike shirt. I ran my fasted 1/2 marathon ever--even in practice. I finished in 2 hours and 1 minute. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty impressed. I'll also, reluctantly, mention that this was deemed a "fast course" so I have to give some props to that. Whatever. It was cold and I ran faster than 1428 women and faster than my gender/age group section. Basically, I'm awesome.
SO, after burning all of these calories--I proceeded to "carb load" after the event. That works right? It aids in recovery? I'm relatively sure it does. There's nothing like sloppy nachos, a margarita, pot roast and veggies, a mint oreo blizzard, cheese and crackers to soothe sore muscles.
Today--the dreaded Pre-dentist visit dentist visit. Yes, I need to have my teeth cleaned, but, you first have to go in and they do a check up before you can make an appointment for that. Crazy, but it's true and it's in my network so I will not complain.
I also need someone to clean my house. This is all.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

high-ate-us...or hiatus

You say tomato I say tomaaato.
I'm slack. Obvi. I haven't written in quite some time. Long enough that I'm not sure what I last wrote about and currently don't have enough motivation to check. Life is moving in a direction which is always a bonus. I'm running again--also a bonus considering I'm running a half marathon on Sunday. Ben and I went and did 10 miles on Sunday of this week and the weather was ah-mazing. The run felt pretty good also. I was able to keep up with Ben at about an 8:45 pace for 5 miles and then he got tired of slowsky and took off. Luckily, this was in an area that was relatively unsafe. But when you're super fast like me people don't even see you--so I was good :) We've also started going to a track practice on Monday nights at McNeil HS. I like this. It helps keep me motivated and it changes up my normal workout. I'm thinking I may already need new shoes though. My legs are achy and tired. This could also be relative to the lbs I acquired over the holidays, but I'm going to blame it on the need for new shoes.

Work is great. I still love it and I'm doing some neat things. I'm still fearful that one day they will see how unqualified I am and give me the boot--not the wobbly boot--but the swift kick out the door. So far I've managed to somewhat portray myself as competent though. I'll keep up this charade as long as possible, but with the nagging suspicion that at some point they will also figure out that, I've disguised myself as a person with a couple of degrees and almost 3o, but in real life I'm probably 22 with love of expensive jeans, face care products, and getting my hair cut--and that's it--oh, and perhaps a slight obsession with Twilight--and my dogs--and a dream vacation--and a slight interest in rising to fame, and being featured in tabloids and People, but as the good person with a slight edge and extreme classiness. Again, no one at work should ever read this.

I'm also... about to be an Aunt! My sister is due in 2 weeks and every time my phone rings I'm on alert. I keep telling her it's best for me if Elliot comes on a Friday or Saturday because I'm lacking in vacay time. We'll see if my plan works. Because really--isn't her child birth all about me?

We are also in the midst of semi-planning our trip to Italy. I also believe that I need to lose about 30 lbs before this trip so that I can gain it all back in 7 days by over consuming cheese, pasta, and other general carbs. There will be no restrictions--no food remorse. I don't think food remorse counts in other countries? I am fearful that I will want to up and move there and then just have our dogs shipped to us. In the new country they will also not shed in massive amounts. Seriously--I'm one of those people I hate that always has dog hair on them. Grossville. There's only so much that a lint brush can do people.

I've moved past my general depression over the Twilight series being over and the sadness over the lameness of the movie. I'm patiently awaiting all of the romantic comedies that are on my horizon. In preparation I will read He's just not that into you--after I purchase it--at some point.

Anywho, my stomach is rumbly and I feel a target trip coming on--this also aids in my sanity.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Year Resolutions

Who's got them? What are they? Yes, I'm asking you... all 4 of you.

My goals--be better about sending birthday cards
keep running
make healthy eating choices
go to Italy
be more aggressive at work
read for pleasure and intelligence (no, the last book I read Bride Stripped Bare probs doesn't count)
Keep talking like a teenage (totes, unfortch, sors etc)
Curb my spending and purge my closet
Try new restaurants
run 4 1/2 marathons (update... I meant, 4... 1/2 marathons. Not 4.5 marathons :)
stay involved with TNT
maybe join a women's organization
continue volunteering with the college kids at UUMC
find a church
look into ordination in the SWTX conference

For Kelli at work

Ahhh I haven't posted a while. I blame the holidays, the food haze, and crazy amounts of travel (and wine.) So I worked the week of Christmas for like the first time ever--overrated. Basically everyone at my office was out because they all have vacation time and I am saving all of mine for the coolest trip ever... which will the exhaust all accumulated vacation time and I'll have to start all over. OH wells.

The holdiays were nice. We stayed Christmas Eve with Ben's parents and celebrated with his family and then went to church. Beautiful service and we got to see a lot of friends. The rest of the time was at my parents house (because Ben's parents went out of town.) it was so nice to stay in one place. The amount of moving around we do EVERY time we are home is just overwhelming. I know I've posted about this before, but it's true. I hate it. In general, I don't really like being in the car. The hubs makes fun of me for this. On Friday we went out to Joe T's with the fam--clearly delish--and then Ben and I chose to FINALLY have some alone time for the holidays (well, us and other vagrants in downtown ft. worth.) We went to Flying Saucer, had a beer, and listened to a band and it was awesome. There is only so much time I can spend in doors sitting. I need to be active. Do NOT get me wrong--I loved it--I love the fam--I love the wii--I usually enjoy family banter... but my legs need to move! We drove back to Austin on Saturday which ended up being such a relief. We were able to clean, and do laundry and have a day to just get ready to be back in the swing of things. Loverly.

I'm not sure too many large events have happend since then. Oh, we went to see TWILIGHT, finally. It was sheer disappointment to me, other than looking at Edward. I mean, I won't say I didn't enjoy it, but it just isn't in line with the book and my imagination. But, we went with some friends so that made it better--we were able to easily chastise them for saying things like "it's like your my personal brand of heroin."

Yesterday, was our 4 year anniversary. Ben sent me flowers at work and his parents sent us flowers to the house--both beauties. I love having fresh flowers... so now the house is full of flowers because I also bought some last week. Yay! Instead of going out (though we did go out for Sushi on Wed) we stayed in. Ben is workign late every day this week and this weekend so it was nice to just be home. We cooked steak, blue cheese risotto, steamed broccoli, had red wine and some cupcakes! Then we watched Hamlet 2 which I'm sure most people would not find entertaining, but I thought it was HILARIOUS... and then I went to bed.

I'm very excited both about the new cupcake place I found by our house, cupprimo, but also that we've been married so long and that we are best friends. I'm also excited that we are making our Italy trip happen. What's not to love?